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The Six Degrees of… Abbas Kiarostami

The Gulf Film Festival is hosting a Master Class with internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Kipp finds out how he’s connected to a would-be actor/politician and a Russian Shayk.

April 13, 2011 5:47 by

Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa, who died at at age of 88 in September 1998, met Kiarostami for the first time in 1993 when the latter visited the former’s house. But Kurosawa had long been a fan of Kiarostami’s work even before this meeting. He has been quoted saying this about Kiarostami’s films: “Words cannot describe my feelings about them…When Satyajit Ray passed on, I was very depressed. But after seeing Kiarostami’s films, I thanked God for giving us just the right person to take his place.”

Magnanimous words never had more weight than when it came out of the mouth of the Japanese film maker who is regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of international cinema. Kurosawa’s 30 films, which spanned over a 57-year career has influenced innumerous acclaimed directors of today: from Ingmar Bergman to George Lucas and Martin Scorsese.

Two film awards have also been named in Kurosawa’s honor: the Akira Kurosawa Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film Directing and the Akira Kurosawa Award, which has been awarded to this Hollywood actor who almost became a politician…


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